5 Reasons to Bullet Journal + A Peek At My July Spreads

I love bullet journaling.

A crucial step in my plan to taking over the world is helping everyone start a bullet journal. Okay, not really…but for real, I love them a lot. πŸ˜‰ They’re creative, they’re helpful, they’re so fun, and I bet the world would be a happier place if there were more bullet journals in it.

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Today I’m going to be sharing 5 major benefits of bullet journaling (in hopes of convincing you all to start one) as well as sharing a quick peek (!!) into my July 2018 bullet journal spreads. Let’s get right into it!

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1. They’re an amazing creative outlet

Everyone needs a creative outlet.

If you’re reading this, chances you are have a blog and that’s a creative outlet. πŸ˜‰ But I love havingΒ multiple outlets, and my bullet journal is a great one.

It’s a place where you can let out your thoughts, you can draw whatever you want, use whatever colors you want, and not have to worry about anyone else seeing it. It’s completely for you, and that makes it the best creative outlet ever.

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Maybe you’re like me, and you’re a perfectionist. It may seem like more of a task while you strive to get everything perfect, but remember that it doesn’t have to be that way. No one is judging it- it’s just for you and your creative side.

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2. They keep you organized & productive

Bullet journals are often filled to the brim with calendars, weekly spreads, logs, to-do lists, goals…and the list goes on. They’re the ultimate organization tool!

If I didn’t have a bullet journal, I wouldn’t set monthly goals, and if I didn’t set monthly goals, I wouldn’t accomplish nearly as much. Bullet journals are perfect because they allow you to have tangible goals that you can see. This will help you be more productive!

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3. They’re a great stress reliever

I don’t know why there’s so much stress in our lives…but there is. Jk I know why…*glares at school*

When I get stressed, I like to spend time in my bullet journal. It’s so nice to spend hours coloring away and forgetting about everything that’s stressing me out.

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Actual footage of me bullet journaling and feeling the good vibes because of it…just kidding, just kidding. Kinda.

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4. They’re inexpensiveΒ 

Bullet journals are super inexpensive! In fact, it’s likely that you have everything you need for one already.

All you need is a journal (or even just paper) of any type, that looks however you want. Then you need whatever supplies you’ll be using to fill in the pages (pencils, pens, markers, crayons, colored pencils, stickers, washi tape, etc.). Since bullet journals are completely customizable, you can just use what you already have and there’s no need to buy anything new.

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5. It’s so much fun!

And of course, at the end of the day, it boils down to the fact thatΒ bullet journaling can be so much fun. It’s a great source of entertainment at any time.

I love bullet journaling, and it’s fun for me. That’s one of the best things about it. πŸ™‚

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And now, for the part of this post I’ve been looking forward to the most- actually sharing some spread from my bullet journal. πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

You might remember the peek into my journal I did back in January, when I was first setting up my journal. I haven’t been the best at keeping up with it since then, but I did decide to work really hard on my July spreads. They aren’t perfect and I’m definitely not 100% satisfied with them, but that’s okay.

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Here’s my title page- I kept it really simple, and in honor of the 4th of July being this month, my theme was American. I just realized how cool it would be a do a different country as your theme each month…

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On the next page, I just wrote a quote (I need to work on my handlettering *tear*) from the song God Bless the USA- it’s a quote that always makes me think of the 4th of July, so it seemed fitting. XD

The next page is where I put my July highlights and goals for the month. I decided not to do daily logs, because I always end up falling behind on those, and just do daily highlights so I’m more like to stay caught up.

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The blogging page is my personal favorite! I’m trying to actually be organized this month and plan ahead (hence the white square covering up a future post πŸ˜‰ ).

The other page is just some of my favorites for the month, and I attempted to draw the liberty bell but it…failed? Oh well. XD

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And finally, I just have an empty notes page all prepared. This is a really handy thing to have in your bullet journal, because you never know when you might want to write something down or journal one day, and now you’ll have the spot to do it.

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As always, thank you so much for reading! It means the world that you’d choose to read this post over the billions and billions of other posts out there.πŸ’“

Do you bullet journal? If so, what are your favorite parts? If not, do you want to? I’d love to chat with you all in the comments.

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Photo byΒ Jess WattersΒ onΒ UnsplashΒ >> Credits for the image I used in my featured image- many thanks to the amazing photographer!

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28 thoughts on “5 Reasons to Bullet Journal + A Peek At My July Spreads

  1. whoa I don’t remember you actually doing bullet journaling. great post!! I love bullet journaling as well for all these reasons, especially those good vibes you mentioned. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

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  2. Ohh I love this post! πŸ’“

    Your bullet journal page for July is so gorgeous, I adore the lettering! I used to love bullet journaling, but I hardly have the time for it anymore. I feel so inspired now, though. πŸ‘€

    Beautiful post, Olivia! πŸ’—

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    • Thank you, Lily!

      Awe, thank you.❀️Ahh, I feel you- I didn’t bullet journal that much during the school year because I just didn’t have any time. I’m glad you’re inspired now, though, and I hope someday you take it back up again if you feel like it!

      Eek, thank you again, you’re too kind!πŸ€—

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  3. AHHH your spreads are absolutely gorgeous, I wish I had the artistic abilities to do something like that haha. I always see amazing bullet journals around and I love the idea, but I don’t know if I’d manage to keep up with it. I started something a little bit, with a pre-made kind of journal (because I can’t draw to save my life hahhaha) and… let’s hope it works out? haha πŸ™‚
    Lovely post, Olivia! πŸ˜€

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    • Eeep, thank you, Marie!πŸ’ž

      That was me at first, and I do accidentally forget to keep up for large amounts of time every once in a while…but the good thing is, you can always just start back up again. πŸ˜‰ Ohh, that sounds so great, good luck with it!

      Thank you! And thank you for reading & commenting!

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  4. Whaaat, I think your quote lettering looks so good! I love your bubble letters. :)) I think I’ve said this my comment on your January post: I don’t keep a bullet journal, but I do keep track of goals and notes.

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  5. Great post Olivia! Convincing other people to start bullet journals is one of my favorite hobbies lol. Love your July spreads, especially the highlights and goals page! It’s such a great idea to put them on a page together because it ensures that you look at your goals for the month every day.

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  6. hey Olivia! I have just come across your blog and I absolutely love it! I am a fellow bullet journaliser too (since Jan 2018) and I agree with all your reasons! you bullet journal is soooo amazing and your calligraphy is ON POINT! I’m still currently working on my calligraphy too πŸ™‚ I would love it if you could have a look at my July bujo too as I worked super hard on it!
    ella xx (off to read more posts)

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    • Hey Ella! Aww, thank you so much, and I’m so happy you found your way here. πŸ’—Ahh yay, a fellow bullet journalist & calligraphy lover! I’d love to check out your bullet journal and the rest of your blog, too. Thank you so so much for the kind comment! πŸ™‚

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  7. Such a neat post, Olivia!! I just got gel pens so I try to finally bullet journal with color, yay! πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸŽ‰ Anyway, you have definitely given me inspiration!! And your handwriting is SO pretty!! Love that quote! πŸŽ†πŸŽ† Great post!

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  8. Ahh I love seeing people’s bullet journal layouts! SO PRETTY. 😍 I tried to journal last year but kind of fell massively apart πŸ˜‚so this year I’m basically just keeping a notebook of like new releases, instagram challenges, and lists of books I want to read, or have read. Very lowkey. But I decorate it a bit and it’s fun!! Someday I will do a proper bullet journal though. And STICK with it.πŸ˜‚

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    • AWE THANK YOU CAIT!πŸ’“Your notebook sounds like so much fun! A decorated notebook full of lists sounds right up my alley, haha. Good luck if you ever do a bullet journal again, they are so entertaining and rewarding. XD Thank you for the kind comment! πŸ™‚

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  9. I love your bullet journal spreads!! I have one too and I’m trying to be more creative with it now that I have the time. Looking at other people’s journals always inspires me to come back to mine & try something new!

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